Jun 252017
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
It’s still dark outside, 77°, supposed to get up to 89° with humidity @ 60%. UGH!

Thinking…
I really don’t like the humidity, makes it feel so much hotter

Thankful…
That I have today off so I can keep an eye on Jaspurr who was spayed yesterday

Reading…
The New Old Me by Meredith Maran & The Buffer Zone Diet by Fred Cuellar

Listening To…
Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Watching…
Bringing Up Bates – love this show

Creating…
Nothing right now

Hoping…
Jaspurr heals quickly with no complications

Learning…
That I need to eat healthier

Fitness…
Lots of walking & strength training

In The Kitchen…
I haven’t decided whether to eat out or  make Salisbury steak w/gravy, mashed potatoes, corn

Today’s To-Do List…
Laundry, watch some old movies, and of course read

One of my favorite things:
Starbucks Iced Espresso Caramel Macchiato

Pin It & Do It…
Omelet In A Bag– going to make it this week

Looking forward to…
Spending time Tuesday with my daughter Kilah & grandkids Alecia & Harley

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath
Ephesians 4:26

A favorite quote…
“Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.”
Milton Erickson

From the camera….

Apr 232017
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
A hot and beautiful day

Thinking…
I don’t know what I’m going to do this week, I have Tuesday thru Friday off…and that I really need to catch up on the book reviews I need to post

Thankful…
That I have Tuesday thru Friday off

Reading…
Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk by Kathleen Rooney

Watching…
Lots of movies I dvr’d

Hoping…
This summer isn’t as humid as the last few summers

Learning…
I can still get by with just a few hours of sleep

Fitness…
Lots of walking and strength training, some tai-chi

In The Kitchen…
Eating out today

Today’s To-Do List…
I already did my shift at work, so I’ll be reading and watching tv

One of my favorite things:
Tomatoes, could eat them at every meal

Pin It & Do It…
Crock Pot Spicy Cabbage & Sausage (I’m using chorizo)

Looking forward to…
Going to the beach

A Favorite Bible Verse…
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
Psalms 12:6

A favorite quote…
“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.”
Morris West

From the camera….

Apr 162017
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
Right now it’s 70°  but it’s supposed to get up to 85°

Thinking…
It’s time for a little beach therapy

Thankful…
For my Mitsubishi Mirage, I love it

Reading…
Lilian Boxfish Takes A Walk by Kathleen Rooney

Listening…
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

Watching…
Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees, tonight @ 8:00, CBS

Hoping…
It would stop being so cold at night

Learning…
You need to rid yourself of people who have a negative effect on you

Fitness…
Doing ok, my back is a little better

In The Kitchen…
Trying a new soup this week, and a few favorite recipes

Today’s To-Do List…
I have to work tonight

One of my favorite things:
In the last few months I’ve become addicted to audio books

Pin It & Do It…
Something similar to this wall plaque

Looking forward to…
Going to Silver Springs, I haven’t been in years

A Favorite Bible Verse…
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths
Proverbs 3:6

A favorite quote…
Be careful with your words, they can be forgiven, but never forgotten

From the camera….

Feb 052017
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
65°

Thinking…
I would like to have a Monday off soon so I can go to the farmers/flea market

Thankful…
My dog Kaiyo, cat Boots, and kitten Jaspurr because they keep me  company when I’m home alone

Reading…
Murder at Jade Cove (Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery #2) by Dianne Harman

Listening To…
A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

Watching…
Today I plan on watching Lord Of The Flies, a co-worker recommended it

Hoping…
To get the house in Zephyrhills finished soon so we can move
Please Please Please Pretty Please

Learning…
Some people aren’t happy unless they’re unhappy

Food/Fitness…
I’ve decided to eat healthier so I’ll be working on a menu

In The Kitchen…
I’m not sure

Today’s To-Do List…
Watch a movie and do some laundry

One of my favorite things:
Taco Bell Taco Salad

Pin It & Do It…
Button Bookmarks

Looking forward to…
Going with my dil Susie and her mom to see Wicked next Sunday

A Favorite Bible Verse…
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
Proverbs 15:3

A favorite quote…
“Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.”
Milton Erickson

From the camera….
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Jan 292017
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
50°. Ridiculous!

Thinking…
I wish it would warm up 🙂

Thankful…
That my friend Donna’s back surgery went good and she’s back home

Reading…
The Red Bandanna by Tom Rinaldi

Watching…
So so so excited that Switched At Birth is coming back on Tuesday! Fans have been waiting since October 26, 2015 for the next season, wondering when it would come back on. Sadly, this will be the last season

Creating…
Not a thing

Hoping…
Our kitten Jaspurr calms down soon, she’s a tornado!

I am wearing
“All I Need Is More Coffee And Donuts” jammies

Fitness…
I worked 10 days straight, two of them doubles, so I got a lot of steps last week

In The Kitchen…
Taco Salad for lunch, pizza for supper

Today’s To-Do List…
Blogging, finishing my current read, some tv

One of my favorite things:
My son bought me a NES Classic Edition and I LOVE it! I loved playing these games when the kids were growing up

Pin It & Do It…
I want to make this Storage Crate Headboard as soon as we get moved

Looking forward to…
Warmer weather so I can go to the beach

A Favorite Bible Verse…
The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
Nahum 1:7

A favorite quote…
“The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.”
Arthur Schopenhauer

From the camera….

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Jaspurr finally wound down

Jan 222017
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
It’s 73° right now, calm winds and a bit overcast. Later it’s supposed to get windy and there’s a 95% chance of rain

Thinking…
I wish our cat Jaspurr was more like Boots. Jaspurr is really hyper and Boots is laid back and calm

Thankful…
That my daughter and I finally made it back to Sweet Tomatoes, I love their food!

Reading…
Starting this today: The Red Bandanna: A Life. A Choice. A Legacy. by Tom Rinaldi

Watching…
Ingredients: The Local Food Movement Takes Root

Hoping…
The weather doesn’t get too bad today, the worst part is supposed to be while I’m at work and I don’t want to drive 1/2 hour in really rainy & windy weather

Website I Love…
Scribd

Fitness…
Walking a lot, but still not doing so good with the food side

In The Kitchen…
Eating out today

Today’s To-Do List…
Not much, I have to go to work at 5

One of my favorite things:
Taco Bell’s Fiesta Taco Salad

Pin It & Do It…
Wall Key Holder

Looking forward to…
A day trip with my daughter to Mount Dora

A Favorite Bible Verse…
The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
Nahum 1:7

A favorite quote…
“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”
Epictetus

From the camera….

Kaiyo & Jaspurr

Kaiyo & Jaspurr

Nov 202016
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
45°.  Brrrrr

Thinking…
The older I get the less I can stand the cold and heat

Thankful…
For all the Blessings in my life

Books…
still….
Reading & listening to Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Listening to Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

Watching…
Christmas movies, first year I’ve gotten so much into them

Creating…
Nothing right now

Hoping…
to get moved within the next month, no more delays please and thank you

Learning…
I don’t have a bunch of patience

Fitness…
doing great exercise wise, could be eating a bit better

In The Kitchen…
field peas & snaps with sliced tomatoes and cornbread

Today’s To-Do List…
watch movies, read, laundry

One of my favorite things:
Coffee-mate Vanilla Caramel Sugar Free,  So So So good!

Pin It & Do It…
Broccoli Cheese Soup

Looking forward to…
Thanksgiving/my birthday

A Favorite Bible Verse…
This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalms 118:24

A favorite quote…
“If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.”
Proverb

From the camera….

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Kaiyo & Jaspurr

Boots has not accepted Jaspurr yet 🙁

Nov 192016
 

Ok, so I finally made the Crack Chicken recipe I found here. I was so looking forward to tasting it since everywhere I turned I was seeing people rave about it. I’ll not be giving it any raves. For me, the taste of the cream cheese was so very overpowering. If I ever decide to give it another try, I’ll only use one cream cheese.

I fixed two sandwiches because I was starving, but I could barely finish the first one. It was one of those times that the more I ate the bigger it got. The second sandwich went into the garbage disposal.

I was so disappointed. I thought it was going to be amazing. It wasn’t. Still, without the second cream cheese it might be. I haven’t decided if I want to give it another try or not. If I do, I’ll let you know my thoughts.

 

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Nov 132016
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
64° and cloudy, and there is a bird that’s making a lot of noise

Thinking…
what colors to paint the inside of the house

Thankful…
that my son is washing my car today

Books…
Reading & listening to Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Listening to Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

Watching…
The Great Indoors, it’s so funny

Learning…
some adults act more childish than kids

Fitness…
doing good with exercise and eating better

In The Kitchen…
We’re thinking about going to Ruby Tuesday today

Today’s To-Do List…
a little reading, computer time, tv, and then some laundry

One of my favorite things:
Hostess Suzy Q’s

Pin It & Do It…
Veggie/Fruit Wall Baskets

Looking forward to…
Thanksgiving, which is also my birthday

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
1 John 4:11

A favorite quote…
“Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness.”
Buddha

From the camera….

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We named the kitten my son rescued Jaspurr
She weighs 2 lbs. now

Nov 062016
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
74° and I’m loving it. The last few days have been cool with a slight breeze

Thinking…
where to go for dinner

Thankful…
to have new brakes, pads, and rotors on my car

Reading…
Still reading Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman

Still listening to Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado

Watching…
Code Black, it keeps getting better and better

Hoping…
The weather stays cool for a while

Learning…
To say no

Food/Fitness…
I want to start eating clean

In The Kitchen…
Nothing, we’re eating out tonight

Today’s To-Do List…
Not much, just unload and load the dishwasher and wash some clothes

One of my favorite things:
My George Foreman Grill, I use it all the time

Pin It & Do It…
Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

Looking forward to…
Getting a mani-pedi and my hair cut

A Favorite Bible Verse…
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good
Proverbs 15:3

A favorite quote…
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
Aesop

From the camera….

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Oct 232016
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
It was 46° when I stepped outside this morning, but it’s warmed up to 75° now. The house was a bit chilly when I got home so I had to turn the heat on

Thinking…
I’d rather be at the beach

Thankful…
For my kids and grandkids…always

Reading…
Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman

Still listening to Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado

Watching…
Bull. I loved Michael Weatherly on NCIS, and was really sad when he left, but when I saw he was going to be on a new show, I added it to my series manager. It’s a really good show!

Hoping…
To be able to start moving in the next few weeks

Learning…
That I’m not as young as my mind thinks I am

Fitness…
On track except for yoga. It’s hard to do yogo with a hurt wrist/hand. So, I’ve decided to to tai-chi instead

In The Kitchen…
Tonight I’m going to eat half of a Deluxe sub from Hungry Howies, I ate the other half last night

Today’s To-Do List…
I worked this morning so I need to rest my wrist. I need to empty/load the dishwasher and do a load of laundry, but other than that I’ll just be watching tv or reading

One of my favorite things:
Being able to go to sleep as soon as I say my prayers, and not tossing and turning for an hour or so

Pin It & Do It…
Mushroom, Zucchini, and Black Bean Vegetarian Enchiladas, which I saw at Squirrel Head Manor.

Looking forward to…
Going camping, I just have to get my kids and grandkids to agree

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.
Psalms 62:1

A favorite quote…
“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”
Martha Washington

From the camera….

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Oct 162016
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
73°, sunny, and the sky is blue with lots of fluffy white clouds. There’s a slight breeze, and it’s not as humid as it has been, which is a very good thing

Thinking…
Today would be a great day for a bike ride

Thankful…
That work on the dining room has begun. Then we clean, paint, and can move in!!

Reading…
Still reading Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots by Jessica Soffer which is the Oct./Nov. pick for Cook The Books. I’m also listening to the kindle audible version of Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado

Watching…
Queen Sugar. Love this show!

Hoping…
We have a lot of cool days this winter so I can ride my bike a lot

Learning…
To let go of people that bring more drama than joy into my life

Fitness…
Getting a lot of steps and drinking at least 80 oz. of water each day. Wrist and hand still hurting. Trying to cut down on carbs and sodium

In The Kitchen…
Eating out today. Maybe Chinese. Maybe Italian.

Today’s To-Do List…
Catching up on some laundry and tv shows

One of my favorite things:
Snuggling with my doggy Kaiyo

Pin It & Do It…
Slow Cooker Crack Chicken. This looks/sounds really good. Going to give it a try this week.

Looking forward to…
Going on a day trip with my daughter Kilah. We haven’t done one in a while. Life’s been busy.

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. PSALM 19:14

A favorite quote…
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
― Mark Twain

From the camera….
The last few days have been kinda made me feel like I was in Twilight Zone. Really weird things have been happening and I asked my kids if it was a full moon. They didn’t know. Then last night I was outside after dark and yep, it is.

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Oct 092016
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
It’s 75°, sunny, and the sky is full of big fluffy clouds. I hope it doesn’t rain so we can get the yard mowed

Thinking…
About all those who lost lives or homes etc. during hurricane Matthew. My prayers go out to them all.

Thankful…
That we were spared any damage during Matthew. I thought it would be bad, but Hermine was worse where I live

Reading…
Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots by Jessica Soffer which is the Oct./Nov. pick for Cook The Books

Watching…
Doc Martin. I had never heard of this show until Tina posted about it. She was kind enough to send me a season of the show and now I’m hooked and watching all the re-runs on tv.  Love it!!

Fitness…
I’m still getting a lot of steps and strength training, but I’ve done something to my right wrist/hand. It’s really sore and a bit swollen, and I can barely stand to move it.

In The Kitchen…
Not a clue, might make something simple here, or maybe eating out.

Today’s To-Do List…
Relaxing all day, a bit of reading and watching tv

One of my favorite things:
My library system. Because of where I live, I can use three different counties libraries. That’s 18 different libraries!!

Pin It & Do It…
Sloppy Joe Nachos. Sloppy Joe, yes. Nachos, yes. But sloppy joe nachos? Hmmm. Not very healthy, but I’m sure wanting to see what the heck this tastes like

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Hebrews 13:16
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

A favorite quote…
“Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold, the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.”
Democritus

From the camera….

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Jun 122016
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
The sun is shining right now, but there is a 60% chance of rain around 3:00 this afternoon.

Thinking…
About about my mom. Today is her birthday. I miss her so much. I couldn’t have asked for a better mom. Love her always.

Thankful…
That the flooding near where I live wasn’t worse.

Reading…
Daughter of Mine by Laura Fabiani…still.

Watching…
Tonight I plan on watching Far From Home with Barry Watson, a movie I dvr’d about 1 1/2 months ago and haven’t watched yet.

Creating…
A few diy crafts for when we move.

Hoping…
For less rain than last week, and not so much humidity.

Learning…
That there are two parts to a plan, which are figuring out what you need to do to accomplish it, and then doing it. I have trouble starting the second part.

Fitness…
I lost 1 1/2 pounds last week. 18.5 to go!

In The Kitchen…
Leftover pizza, wings and salad
Soup & Sandwiches
White Bean & Chorizo Stew
The Best Whole Chicken In A Crockpot
Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Chops

Today’s To-Do List…
A few loads of laundry that I didn’t get to yesterday.

One of my favorite things:
My new bluetooth speaker. Now I don’t have to have my phone on me while I clean or walk on the treadmill.

Pin It & Do It…
DIY Chicken Broth Dog Treats (didn’t get them made last week)

Looking forward to…
Seeing my sister Susan soon, it’s been a while.

A Favorite Bible Verse…
James 1:22
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

A favorite quote…
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
― Mark Twain

From the camera….

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Looking down from our hotel window in NYC last November

Jun 052016
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
It’s hot and sunny right now, but it’s supposed to start raining this afternoon

Thinking…
I don’t want it to rain because my granddaughter’s graduation pool party is later today

Thankful…
For time spent with family

Reading…
Daughter of Mine by Laura Fabiani

Watching…
Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER

Creating…
A few diy crafts for when we move

Hoping…
To go on a day trip this week

Learning…
That I need to take every oppurtunity that comes my way to try something new

Fitness…
Tomorrow I’m starting new yogo & tai-chi dvd workouts

Cooking/Baking…
Spinach & Mozzarella Egg Bake
Crock Pot Chicken Thighs With Vegetables
Smoked Paprika & Chili Steaks and veggies
Salsa Turkey Burgers 

Today’s To-Do List…
It’s time for Kaiyo’s Trifexis, and some laundry

One of my favorite things:
Long walks on the beach

Pin It & Do It…
DIY Chicken Broth Dog Treats

Looking forward to…
Going to the beach

One of my favorite things…
I’m not as good at bowling as I used to be, but I still love it and have fun

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Job 19:25
For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latterday upon the earth.

A favorite quote…
“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it.” Jesse Jackson

From the camera….

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